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Trump Sells Out, Proves Loyalty to Terrorist Nations with Massive Weapons Package

President Trump appears to be swiftly bending knee to the militarized foreign policy establishment, as he intends to approve weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The two Middle East dictatorships – with a long history of human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on dissent – are crucial to the strategy of U.S. military hegemony and the profits of weapons makers.

According to The Washington Times, U.S. officials and congressional sources confirmed $300 million worth of precision-guided missile technology is destined for Saudi Arabia, while Bahrain will get a multibillion-dollar F-16 deal. All is ready to go, awaiting clearance from the Trump administration.

These are significant sales for key allies in the Gulf who are facing the threat from Iran and who can contribute to the fight against the Islamic State,” an anonymous official remarked. “Whereas the Obama administration held back on these, they’re now in the new administration’s court for a decision — and I would anticipate the decision will be to move forward.

Bahrain, a small but oil-rich country strategically located in the Persian Gulf, is home to the U.S. 5th fleet and Central Command. As we reported in Dec. 2015, Bahraini security forces have cooperated with ISIS, and several ISIS recruits have come directly from Bahrain’s military.

In June 2014, Bahrain’s Information Minister, Sameera Rajab, tweeted that the advancing ISIS force might represent “a revolution against the injustice and oppression that has reigned over Iraq for more than 10 years.”

Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy has a history of brutally suppressing pro-democracy movements, using torture and other human rights violations to maintain power. In 2011, Saudi Arabia sent troops into Bahrain to help squash the Shia Muslim revolt.

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The suppression of Shiite minorities is the common denominator with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi kingdom is a hotbed of support for ISIS, which has to do with the fact that the state-sanctioned religious clergy teaches a radical form of Islam known as Wahhabism.

The Saudi monarchy is the number 1 beheader in the world — yes more than ISIS — racking up 100 public executions since January 2016, including 47 people in one day. Despite all of this, the U.S. has enlisted Saudi Arabia to carry out a proxy war in Yemen, where they have killed an untold number of civilians and bombed hospitals and schools.

President Trump appears eager to continue and expand this partnership with the Sunni dictatorships, where Trump also happens to have business ties. The unifying goal with all three players is maintaining the dominance of Sunni Arab countries in the Middle East and countering the influence of Shiite-dominated Iran.

Team Trump has expressed a particular vehemence for Iran, with National Security Advisor Mike Flynn stating Iran is “on notice,” although no evidence of actual threats posed by Iran has been provided. It is widely assumed among Americans that Iran poses some kind of danger to the U.S., even though they haven’t attacked anyone in 200 years and have agreed to a historic nuclear deal with the five members of the U.N. Security Council.

The unfounded hostility toward Iran demonstrates the effectiveness of the U.S. propaganda machine, which must always have a bogeyman to justify military hegemony in the Middle East. The claim that Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East is absurd when we consider the decades of wars and interventions carried out by the U.S. in the interest of securing the flow of oil.

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There is significant bipartisan resistance in Congress to the weapons for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, but that will likely be overcome as a renewed hostility toward Iran takes shape, and the purveyors of endless war see new opportunity with the Trump administration.

Efforts to block sales have failed, though, as the military-industrial complex has spread its manufacturing facilities all over the U.S. in order to secure support from as many lawmakers as possible.

The anonymous U.S. official, in an expert use of doublespeak, used the Saudi violations in Yemen to justify the new arms sale.

While we’re very concerned about Saudi actions in Yemen in terms of the civilian casualties, we believe a more accurate partner is a more effective partner and results in fewer casualties,” said the official. If they’re going to drop stuff, it should be precision-guided rather than dumb.”

While Trump’s eagerness to fan the flames of U.S. military hegemony and continue enriching the military-industrial complex is disappointing, it is a continuation of the status quo. Obama “offered more than $115 billion worth of weapons to Riyadh in 42 separate deals between 2009 and 2016 — more than any U.S. administration in history.”

The American populace is routinely fed the line that U.S. actions in the Middle East are noble – to spread democracy – but the reality is one of propping up dictatorships that make it easier for U.S. hegemony to thrive.

  • The Cat’s Vagina
    • Dezri Dean

      I’m not really surprised…
      I see that some people still don’t consider those two as terrorist countries.

  • Michael Saenz

    Free though project, sigh. Once again, relying on a tip from some annonyous
    source. He was quoted as saying that other countries aren’t the only ones
    Murdering people, on Bill O’reily’s show on Fox. He was referring to the
    Military industrial complex. I think saying that the president sold out
    when nothing has happened yet is an egregious misrepresentation of
    The facts to say the least (fake news). Go peddle your yellow journalism
    elsewhere.

  • nick98514

    This report is beneath contempt!…..I knew the Free thought project was a bit loose with facts now & then and liked to promote any ‘click bait’ to get it’s readership numbers up?…..but this time they have gone completely off the rails, in fact this may well be the “Straw that broke the camels back” as far as my subscription goes?….I just can’t see any justification as to why the FTP would report such blatant B.S. and lies?….I think I’ve had as much as I can take from this “Project” to last me a lifetime!…..Bye!.

    • billdeserthills

      Perhaps george soros knows,
      seems like he has a hand in just about everything

  • Alex Schlesinger

    IT MUST BE THE FIRST OF APRIL EDITION A LITTLE TO EARLY ! ! !

  • World Peace

    WHAT a crock of bulldung! I have kids stationed in Bahrain! You are more garbage media

  • People on these boards appear to be very, very misled about who the real terrorists in this world are.

    Iran is not one of them, they follow Shiite Islam which is and has been for hundreds of years, at war with Sunni Islam.

    Now, let me break it down further for you. Saudi Arabia, and most other Middle East nations, are Sunni Islam, further, they follow a very far right, extremist interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism.

    Here is a short list of some famous (infamous) Wahhabists that you may have heard of:

    Osama Bin Laden
    the 9/11 hijackers
    Al`Qaeda
    The Taliban
    ISIS

    Every terrorist that took part in any terror attack over the last 20+ years has been adherents of Sunni Wahhabism.

    The House of Saud is a supporter of Wahhabism, if it were not for Wahhabists, the house would not even be in power. Saudi Arabia has been spending millions of dollars every year since at least the 1970’s, building Wahhabist schools all around the world, one of the first nations to be on the receiving end of this generosity? Afghanistan.

    So there you have it, we, the citizens of the US, are in fact, supporting global terrorism with our undying support of Saudi Arabia.

    Hope this helps.

    You can check out the free online documentary, “Bitter Lake”, to learn more.

    Bitter Lake
    https://youtu.be/VRbq63r7rys

    • Blaine

      Taliban still use CIA published Soviet era jihadi textbooks. If it weren’t for paramilitaries/terrorists our so-called intelligence services create and train, our conventional forces wouldn’t have anybody to fight.

  • Hambone J Willis

    There in absolutely no evidence to corroborate this. If evidence appears, then yes, this is awful but until then it’s an accusation with no merit or standing.

  • Tyrannicus_Rex

    Dumb article, the US uses drones in Yemen and doesn’t need the Saudi’s for help. Number 2, existing trade contracts call for selling arms, cutting them off will cause the Saudi’s to approach Russia which will enrich Putin ultimately.

  • john

    iran did attack U S marines when i was in high school. a classmate lost a brother. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Beirut_barracks_bombings i believe they have some sort of monument dedicated to it in iran.

    • Just4You

      We overthrew their democratically elected government & installed a pro-big-oil monarchy
      Sounds like self-defense to me

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